Did you know that it is against the law to leave a dog alone in a car in Arizona?
It is unsafe and against the law in Arizona to leave your pet alone in the car if physical injury or death are possible. Brachycephalic breeds such as Shih Tzus, Pugs and bull Dogs are more prone and at an even greater disadvantage and at a higher risk for heat stroke. Shih Tzus have a flat face and a delicate respiratory system.
I am sure that you’re already well aware that it gets really hot in Arizona. Be sure to educate yourself on the signs of heat exhaustion in order to protect your dog. It is our duty as responsible pet owners to keep our animals out of harms way.
Some of the major signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
- Loss of balance
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Thick saliva
- Bright red gums
- A dry mouth and heavy panting.
If your Shih Tzu puppy or adult dog for that matter gets too hot it is important to cool him or her down as soon as possible! Look for some shade or go indoors. Also, offer some water and use a cool washcloth to bring down your pets body temperature. It’s also important that you contact your veterinarian for more advice as soon as possible.